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10.30am - 12pm - Cornish Music Symposium - Beneden Room


Argh Ilow Kernow (The Cornish Music Archive) is a collaboration between Lowender Peran and The Institute of Cornish Studies to create an archive and on-line database of Cornish music. As part of this project speakers are invited to Lowender Peran each year to talk on different aspects of Cornish music. This year’s symposium will take the form of conversations – keskowsow – between individuals representing different Cornish music traditions and how Cornish identity is celebrated and expressed within those traditions.

Conversations will include Gwenno Saunders and Mark Trevethan, Cornish language lead at Cornwall Council talking about the Cornish language and popular music.  Gwenno has taken the Cornish language into the mainstream with the runaway success of her Cornish language album ‘Le Kov’. 

11am - 2pm - CULTURAL EXPO and Family Activities - Ballroom

Come and find out about what a host of organisations are doing to celebrate Cornwall’s rich cultural heritage with stands including An Daras, the Cornish Dance Society, Cornwall Heritage Trust and many more. During the afternoon you can also enjoy Cornish dance displays, wrestling demonstrations, music, songs and activities for all the family.

Kids activities

Dress Up

Come and dress up as a Bal Maiden or a Tin Miner and take your photo taken against a Cornish mining landscape.

11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Get Creative Session with Blystra Arts

Enjoy arts and crafts for the whole family with this session led by Blystra Arts

11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Cornish Ice Cream Blind Taste Test


Put your taste buds to the test and learn a few words of Cornish. How does your ice cream taste? frutys (fruity)? hweg (sweet?) holanek (salty)? Can you guess what flavour it is?

Pre-book one of the three blind taste workshops at 11am, 11.45am or 12.15pm.

At the end of the session you’ll get a voucher for one free scoop of your favourite Cornish ice cream. If you can’t make the workshops but you’d still like an ice cream, you can buy a scoop separately from the ice cream cart in the Ballroom.

Workshops: 11am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, Little Dining Room

To book on one of the sessions please click on the links below (Limited spaces available!)

Ice Cream Cart: 11am – 2pm, Ballroom - Sunday 3rd November

Classic Sessions - All in the Cocktail Bar

11.30am - 12.30pm - Breton

12.45 - 1.45pm - Welsh (Dawnswyr Tawerin)

2 - 3pm - Manx (Ny Fennee)


11.30am - 4pm

DANCE WORKSHOPS - All in the Beneden Room

12.30 - 1.30 - Irish

1.45 - 2.45 - Scottish

3 - 4pm - Cornish

1.30 - 3pm - Droll Adro - Little Dining Room

2.30 - 4.30pm - Singing Session with Newquay Rowing Club Singers & Welsh Choir - Newquay Rowing Club

Now a firm festival tradition, head down to Newquay Rowing Club where the Rowing Club singers will be singing a selection of popular songs in the Cornish and English language, hosting the Cardigan Rugby Club Choir who will also be singing some of their own repertoire of Welsh songs. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in this informal session, song sheets available.

3pm - 4pm - Cornish Wrestling - Ballroom

3.30 - 5pm - Poetry & Dialect - Little Dining Room

In between the politics and culture of a land defined by its language lies the means of communication which bridges Kernewek and English. Cornish dialect has known many expressions - from the secretive whisperings of resistance against Cromwellian imperialism to the assertion of difference by Cornish miners in the bars and chapels of America and Australia. And the habit of dialect, its playfulness, difference and usefulness fashion our speech today as much as ever.

Join Bert Biscoe, Pauline Sheppard and Simon Parker for a celebration of dialect as a creative medium - prepare for surrealism, tragedy, wit, obscurantism and yarns.

4.30 - 6pm - 'Sole Music' Step Dance Showcase - Ballroom

Bringing together step dancers from across the Celtic world, this concert celebrating percussive dance is the definition of toe-tapping! Featuring performances of traditional step dances from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Cornwall. 

6 - 8pm - Session - Krelys - Cocktail Bar

CONCERT - Main Dining Room

7.30 - 9pm - Project Smok

A power house of traditional music featuring multi award-winning musicians; Ali Levack (Pipes & Whistles), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) and Ewan Baird (Bodhrán).

Ali Levack - Whistles Pablo Lafuente - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar Ewan Baird - Bodhran Special Guest - Alice Allen (Cello) Tunes: 'Takaka Rain' - Alan Doherty 'The Fear Polka' - Ali Levack Engineered and mixed by Scott Wood Mastered by Ross Saunders Video by Samuel Hurt


8.30 - 10pm - Manx (Ny Fennee)

10.30 - 12am - Survivors’ Ceilidh with The Brim

Earlier Event: November 2